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So You Want To Be A Talent Agent?: Everything You Need To Know To Start Your Own Local Talent Booking Agency
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I was absolutely thrilled that this book maintained a focus on doing this task ETHICALLY. Tom repeatedly says to be scrupulously honest, to believe in your acts, and to treat even complaining clients with patience. His point is that in the long run your reputation is your most valuable asset, If people believe in you, they will use you over other options. If you honestly believe in your acts, your enthusiasm will shine through and get you that sale. If there's an act you just don't believe in - because you feel they're overcharging or because they're extremely unreliable - he recommends you drop them. It's just not worth the angst.
Tom is sure to give you the hurdles and issues to watch out for. Being a talent agent isn't for everyone. You have to be nurturing with your acts, supportive of those who are unsure, and patient with clients. You have to honestly enjoy people interactions. You have to pay attention to detail - getting the spelling of an act's name wrong, or the date on a contract wrong could cause a lot of trouble. You have to follow up after each gig to keep the line of communication open.
There are a wealth of great details in here. So many other books will say "OK now you have to do step X - but I won't tell you how to do that.Read more ›
Yes, as mentioned by several other reviewers, the marketing methods and tactics are rather outdated, but if you're stuck about how to actually RUN a local talent/entertainment agency -- how to find the talent, how to work with people looking for talent, how to price your services, the contracts, etc. -- then you'll find it all here.
Read this for the operational knowledge to get your agency started, and then find another resource to help you market the thing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is mostly about representing local 'acts' like clowns. Not a book for trying to start a Theatrical/Commercial Agency.Published 12 months ago by Goobercat
I haven't had the book long. It is informative, easy to read and to follow. I did what it said and in two months I have a good start on a real talent company. Read morePublished 14 months ago by T. A. Voss
One of the best books about wanting to be a talent agent. It describes in detail each step on how to start your talent agency and maintaining your clients.Published 19 months ago by Kent Crete
One review I read spoke of this book being outdated. True, you can tell it was written a while back, but it has been updated somewhat. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Sherry J Shikles
This book covers nearly every detail of the business. A great step by step guide, a bit dated but still a great read.Published on September 24, 2013 by E
I am interested in starting my own Talent Agency and came across this book. I was super excited to get it, but was disappointed right away when I opened the box from Amazon. Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by Micah S Ballinger